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of preserving the land of this canyon. in 1903, kent perchasedt purchased 60 600 acres. >> he encouraged the railroad to put in a spur line that would bring people in and he build the inn. >> they would last for years, but soon after kent purchased the land, a nearby natural disaster put it at risk. the 1906 earthquake and fire leveled most of the city. and they turned their eyes on the forest. he asked for president of the united states for help and he made an offer they couldn't refuse. >> he offered to donate the land to the federal government and this is the first time an individual had done that. >> the president acted quickly setting aside the land. he strongly urged that the new monument be named kent woods. >> he said that was not right and instead let's name this beautiful grove of coast red woods after john muir. >> of course, the president had long standing ties with john muir and agreed. so by a gift of william kent to the united states became a monument. and it was up to the united states to keep it from crumbling under the wait. cab sites and dogs and picnicking were no lon
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